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Bahrain:
Military & Transnational Issues

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Military branches
Definition
Bahrain Defense Forces (BDF): Ground Force (includes Air Defense), Naval Force, Air Force, National Guard
Military service age and obligation
Definition
17 years of age for voluntary military service; 15 years of age for NCOs, technicians, and cadets; no conscription (2008)
Manpower available for military service
Definition
males age 16-49: 210,938
females age 16-49: 170,471 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
Definition - World rank and map
males age 16-49: 171,536
females age 16-49: 142,714 (2008 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Definition
males age 16-49: 6,543
females age 16-49: 6,429 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
Definition - World rank and map
4.5% (2006)
Disputes - international
Definition
none
Trafficking in persons
Definition
current situation: Bahrain is a destination country for men and women trafficked for the purposes of involuntary servitude and commercial sexual exploitation; men and women from Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia migrate voluntarily to Bahrain to work as laborers or domestic servants where some face conditions of involuntary servitude such as unlawful withholding of passports, restrictions on movements, non-payment of wages, threats, and physical or sexual abuse; women from Thailand, Morocco, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia are trafficked to Bahrain for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation
tier rating: Tier 2 Watch List - Bahrain is on the Tier 2 Watch List for failing to show evidence of increased efforts to combat human trafficking, particularly efforts that enforce laws against trafficking in persons, and that prevent the punishment of victims of trafficking; during 2007, Bahrain passed a comprehensive law prohibiting all forms of trafficking in persons; the government also established a specialized anti-trafficking unit within the Ministry of Interior to investigate trafficking crimes; however, the government did not report any prosecutions or convictions for trafficking offenses during 2007, despite reports of a substantial problem of involuntary servitude and sex trafficking (2008)


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